Great Grains Anthony Dispezio

When a client consults with Cape Cod furniture maker Dick Kiusalas, everything is on the table. Freeform, structured, conceptual, artistic—Kiusalas has rendered these and almost every other style imaginable in his 40 years of business. Read more…

Building Beauty Building Beauty

Building Beauty  Working at the nexus of design, construction, and art, Brian Burbic occupies a special domain. As the owner of Brian Burbic Custom Homes & Woodworking in Barnstable Village, Burbic works with wood as high art: trim work is flawless; cabinetry has the look of sculpture; wood shines with a silky gleam. So it makes sense that his new office on Route 6A, near the Barnstable County Courthouse, opens into an art gallery. The bright, sunny space is a place to hang art, display gorgeous tables he has built, and provide an area for clients to browse. “It gives a different side of me,” Burbic says. “People get to see the artistic side.” Read more…

Small Spaces, Big Ideas

“We wanted to keep the essence of the house,” says Donna Gryzwoc of the recent remodeling of her small Cummaquid kitchen in a historic 1850 home.

“The truth is that big kitchens are just easier to design,” admits David Flanagan, owner of Wychmere Woodworks in Orleans. However, Flanagan concedes that many homeowners on the Cape may lack the luxury of unlimited funds and abundant square footage for their dream kitchen. In this region in particular, small homes are de rigueur—saltboxes and seaside cottages, many historic, are often defined by confined spaces. When it comes to remodeling these kitchens with modern conveniences, woodworkers and kitchen designers can have their work cut out for them.

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Tile Artistry

Amanda Wastrom

Showcasing some of the finest art in New England and beyond, Tree’s Place, on Route 6A in Orleans, is firmly established as a renowned gallery featuring nationally celebrated artists.  Its gallery walls gleam with an array of distinguished works by contemporary American artists, many of them local to Cape Cod. Read more…

On the Cove in Cataumet

On the Cove in Cataumet

Seaside living at its best can be found in this exquisite five-bedroom architect designed home in peaceful Cataumet. Take in marvelous sunsets and south west breezes, or head out from your own mooring float to picturesque harbors and sandy island beaches. Relax and enjoy the fishing, shellfishing, birding and sunbathing right outside your door.

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Bayside Beauty

Michael Lee

Seclusion and privacy at the end of a long wooded road in a famous Cape Cod location. Panoramic views of Buzzards Bay. There were a lot of positive things to be said for the Upper Cape property purchased by an active family several years ago for their new seaside summer home.

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Out of the Box

The words were written in ballpoint pen on a scrap of printer paper and duct-taped to a tree in front of artist Jennifer Morgan’s new house in East Harwich: “This is a disgrace.”

Not exactly the warm, neighborly welcome Morgan was used to from her lifelong visits to Cape Cod. She could have been upset over it or worse, bitter. But that’s not Morgan’s style.

“I taped the sign to the window of my truck and drove around with it for a while,” Morgan laughs while recounting just one of many challenges she encountered in the process of designing and building her own house.

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Seaside Reverie


Eric Roth

Renowned landscape architect Greg Lombardi was asked to create an elegant, yet natural-looking design to complement the renovation of a mid-Cape home for homeowners seeking a coastal retreat by the sea. Right from the beginning of the project, Lombardi took into account the homeowner’s desire for a tranquil refuge from complicated metropolitan lives, one that would allow the owners to relax in understated comfort, making the most of Cape Cod’s natural glory. “The clients wanted to engage in Cape Cod’s abundant nature, celebrating simple moments living by the sea,” says Lombardi.

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Creative Craftsman

“It’s not everyday you come across a client like this,” says Chris Hereford of HMD Architects in Harwich. “She really wanted to go the extra distance to create a home that was special.” The original house, which sits just off of Chatham’s Main Street, was a mishmash of styles—a little Greek Revival, a little Federal. “We did a total renovation of the house,” says Hereford. The dark, closed-off spaces did not work for the family. “There are often three generations under one roof here during the summer months,” says Hereford. Hereford, who had worked with the client on other house projects in the past, designed new spaces for the family—two additions—as well as adding much needed curb appeal and natural light to the home.

Eric Roth

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Grandeur Recaptured

When interior designer Hope Van der Wolk began redecorating a grand turn-of-the-century seaside home in the Mid Cape area, she knew the house had a lot to reveal. But the summer house’s starry presence was being dimmed by some of it best features: the dark wood paneling, high ceilings, and vast scale.

So the Osterville designer, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and veteran of the studios of Ralph Lauren and Mario Buatta, called on her mastery of color, texture, and form to give the century-old beauty an interior lift. “I knew of the house, so the possibility of working on it was very exciting,” Hope says. She now has a deep relationship with the house, redecorating it two or three rooms at a time. Read more…

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